Garage heating

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SimboRS

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202 posts

46 months

Thursday 14th November
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robwilk said:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Diesel-Air-Heater-Plana...

Ive been thinking of one of these mounted outside piping the hot air in , any drawbacks / thoughts?

Quick read there says it runs till the fuel runs out?.. would you not be out filling it up all the time etc?

guindilias

2,900 posts

68 months

Friday 15th November
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Just plumb in a "day tank" like you would have for a genny - 50l or so, easily made if you can weld.
Not too safe though, I wouldn't want anything that vapour from leaking thinners, petrol etc. can make it's way back to - bit of a recipe for an explosion.

SimboRS

Original Poster:

202 posts

46 months

Friday 15th November
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guindilias said:
Just plumb in a "day tank" like you would have for a genny - 50l or so, easily made if you can weld.
Not too safe though, I wouldn't want anything that vapour from leaking thinners, petrol etc. can make it's way back to - bit of a recipe for an explosion.
I want to heat the garage man, not blow it up!
Jeez, this isn’t Beruit.

Mikedknight

212 posts

41 months

Friday 15th November
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We use a bitcoin miner to heat our garage. Heat and some magic internet money thrown in.

robwilk

365 posts

128 months

Saturday 16th November
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SimboRS said:
robwilk said:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Diesel-Air-Heater-Plana...

Ive been thinking of one of these mounted outside piping the hot air in , any drawbacks / thoughts?

Quick read there says it runs till the fuel runs out?.. would you not be out filling it up all the time etc?
I am guessing it has a solenoid on the fuel so it stops the diesel and the heater stops due to no fuel, just like the same as diesel engines or at least the old ones.


Edited by robwilk on Saturday 16th November 00:40

Hornsey

228 posts

147 months

Saturday 16th November
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I logged in to ask the same question so I'm following this with interest.

I'm looking for a cost efficient electric heating solution for a well insulated newly built detached double garage. Unsure whether to look at mounting and electric radiator or a door curtain type of fan heater, or a free standing space heater of some sort. Ideally I would like to be able to control it remotely though or at least set it on a timer.

BobSaunders

1,802 posts

103 months

Monday 18th November
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Why do you want to heat it?

Because you are in there working? or you are storing something in there which needs heating?

dhutch

4,373 posts

145 months

Tuesday 19th November
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BobSaunders said:
Why do you want to heat it?

Because you are in there working? or you are storing something in there which needs heating?
This.

I considered putting a spare large rad (700x2000 twin convector) in the garage and running it of the CH to get a stack of heat in quickly for winter work sessions, but quickly realised the major issue with this was that it would freeze during times when it is turned off.

Like most my garage is a single skin, fairly drafty, totally uninsulated 5x5m brick box containing nothing temperature sensitive, so the only sensible thing to do is to let it be cold and well ventilated 98% of the time, and the have electric heating for the handful of days a year I want to be in there over winter.

I therefore have a couple of reasonably powerful radiant heaters, one floor standing and mobile one I can play on the back of my knees, and one roof hanging one which I can move between over the engine bay or over my work bench (should get a second) which between them do a cracking good job.

Did look at a secondhand industrial spec gas radiant tube heater, think sports hall or commercial workshop, but the costs where mad and roof was too low anway!

Mine are all fairly 'vintage' but something like this is buying new maybe:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rhino-H029400-Infrared-He...



Daniel

Quags

1,179 posts

209 months

Tuesday 19th November
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I was in the same predicament. I could technically link mine into the central heating but it would be a lot of dollar.

In the end went for one of these:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Benross-Industrial-Powerf...

£50 and does the job. Wouldn't want to leave it on overnight, but I turn it on 15/20mins before going in there to work and it heats it up nicely. The fan is a bit noisy, but I'd rather that than the cold. Also make sure the garage is sealed from drafts etc

SimboRS

Original Poster:

202 posts

46 months

Tuesday 19th November
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BobSaunders said:
Why do you want to heat it?

Because you are in there working? or you are storing something in there which needs heating?
It’s mainly for the actual garage itself tbh, I’m trying to avoid mould and dampness in it.

journeymanpro

68 posts

25 months

Tuesday 19th November
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I use a 5kw diesel heater to warm my garage.

dhutch

4,373 posts

145 months

Wednesday 20th November
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SimboRS said:
It’s mainly for the actual garage itself tbh, I’m trying to avoid mould and dampness in it.
If its only to reduce dampness, you just want good ventilation, shouldn't get any damp at all.

guindilias

2,900 posts

68 months

Wednesday 20th November
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And a diesel heater will increase humidity - remember, one of the products of combustion is water...

Quags

1,179 posts

209 months

Wednesday 20th November
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guindilias said:
And a diesel heater will increase humidity - remember, one of the products of combustion is water...
Yep, exactly why I didn't go that route.

journeymanpro

68 posts

25 months

Wednesday 20th November
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put the exhaust outside. no condensation or poisoning.

guindilias

2,900 posts

68 months

Wednesday 20th November
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journeymanpro said:
put the exhaust outside. no condensation or poisoning.
That Ebay heater is cheap Chinese trash though - you can pick one up on Aliexpress for cheaper, but I certainly wouldn't be letting it run unattended.
And the wheely "jet engine" heaters with the tank underneath are great for direct heat in a huge garage - but there is no exhaust to outside. An indoor firing range I used to shoot at had one to heat the place a bit, and if someone left it on and went upstairs for an hour to the lounge, you would be choking on the fumes...

OMITN

374 posts

40 months

Wednesday 20th November
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Ventilation to stop mould. If especially damp an industrial dehumidifier.

Then when you go in there put a fan heater or two on.

If necessary buy yourself a heated work jacket from Screwfix. That’s my plan this winter....